Men's Group

In 2004 some of the men of St. James formed a canoe club and every year since have taken an extended long weekend in July to paddle to the interior of Algonquin Park. It's a time of relaxation, fellowship, laughter, fantastic food, wildlife sightings, campfires (except for the year the park was under a fire ban), swimming, fishing, church in the wilderness, and generally recharging. 2019 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the canoe club. To celebrate this anniversary the group decided to get T-shirts made identifying all the previous trips and to change our venue moving further afield to Killarney Provincial Park. This core group also organizes such functions as the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Church BBQ, Corn Roast & Campfire Sing-a-long and many other activities around the Church. These annual canoe trips have resulted in a many years of wonderful and enjoyable fellowship leading to strong friendships. The group is open to all men of the church. If you would like more information about our weekend in the “wilds of Ontario in July”, just speak to any member of the group or come out to one of our breakfast meetings to sample some of the exception fare being served up in Ontario’s great outdoors. 

Men’s Canoe Group - July 2019 Trip

St. James' Men’s Canoe Trip to Balsam Lake, Killarney Provincial Park, July 2019

  This year’s canoe trip was special! It was the group’s Fifteenth Anniversary! Yes, hard to believe but we have been going away for 15 wonderful, fun-filled years!

And Killarney was the perfect change in location to celebrate. Canon Linda and Bill were there on Thursday morning, 5:00am to send us off. She really had some of us going when she held up her pack and walking stick saying she was coming with us to even up the numbers!!! Oh you kidder!!!

This year's trip was new all around. New route to get there. New enroute breakfast stop. New park. But all the same people and adventures of previous trips. This year to celebrate we chipped in and ordered new T-shirts commemorating all our past glories. Watch for them at the various functions the group organize over the coming year.

Nobody got lost on the way there. The paddle was easy, the portage short (Yeah!) the campsites superlative, the weather great, the bugs...a few.  There were eleven of us so Mark volunteered to go solo. The extra space being taken up with our usual abundance of “stuff”.

 

The food was, as always, amazing and with no fire ban this year in Killarney our Chef, Neil, Sous-chef, Robert and Master Fire-maker Mark were happy as could be. Neil came prepared though and had our handy dandy oven to use on the Coleman stove. He surprised us with Triple Chocolate Brownies for snacks on Friday afternoon! Unfortunately somebody, who will remain anonymous, left Allen’s cinnamon rolls in the fridge back at the Church! So we missed out on those. But what with the brownies, toutons with molasses and Allen’s delicious Spice cake we had more than enough sweets.

 

The highlight of this year’s trip was a climb to the top of Silver Peak.

Silver Peak, at 539 metres high is the pinnacle of the La Cloche Mountains, a weathered 3.5 billion year old mountain range that was once higher than today’s Rocky Mountains. The peak is so named because of the silvery gleam the white quartzite gives off in the sunshine. Although not the highest elevation in Ontario, the peak is well regarded for it’s mountainous terrain and sweeping views, and as such is a popular hiking destination. This excursion proved to be a real challenge to say the least. But as always, we all got back in time for supper! The following day we all just lounged around the campsite. Resting up for our homeward paddle on Monday, and Sunday night’s supper!

 

Well, we got back safe and sound another great canoe trip under our belts.

Planning for next year’s trip has already begun so watch the Church bulletins for times and dates of the next breakfast meeting and see what it’s all about. All men in the congregation are welcome.

 

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